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Today’s the day!

Bud is celebrating his twenty-eighth birthday.  As near as we can figure, that equates to somewhere around eighty in human years.

Anything past twenty is considered “senior” in the horse world, so  Bud is well into his senior years.

And doing just great!

We thought it would be fun to take a quick look at a few photos from Bud’s life. We can’t do all of them, because it would take you all day to read this post.

You can definitely see his personality in all four photos. He may be a little grey these days, but this boy still is full of life.

Please help us celebrate. Have a piece of cake (or something equally delicious) in honor of Bud!

 

Happy Birthday Sweet Boy!

When you write a blog five days a week, there are times when you need to revisit something you said in an earlier post, or offer an update, or just take care of business. This is going to be one of those times.

Think of it as cleaning out your refrigerator. You know, opening those little containers of leftovers and tossing the stale, or worse, moldy contents. And don’t you wonder what in the world made you to save that dab of food in the first place? An idea for another discussion, I’m afraid.

Update on Shredded Beet Pulp

I am thrilled to tell you that Pepper continues to love the addition of shredded beet pulp to her grain. She walks right to her feed pan and immediately begins eating. And she eats until the pan is empty, or nearly so. Which means she is getting her full dose of Bute every day. If you could see my face, it would be smiling and I would be issuing a huge sigh of relief.

It would seem the molasses flavored pulp is an excellent vehicle for getting powdered medications into a horse. At least one twenty-eight year old mare named Pepper.

Let’s hear it for beet pulp!!

The $1300 Brownie

Last Friday Jeremy and I gave you a couple of ideas for Valentine’s Day food. And I casually mentioned that I had a small dental situation when I tasted the Salted Fudge Brownies that I made. It seems I have to get a completely new crown since the old one that was pulled off when I bit into the chewiest section of the brownie, will no longer work.

Of course it won’t!

So two and a half hours in the dentist chair, on Valentine’s Day no less, and a serious dent in the wallet lead me to issue a warning about the brownies. Be careful. They are delicious. Totally yummy. But you may want to save the outer edges for people with better teeth than mine. And maybe reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes.

Don’t blame the brownies.

Please.

Secret Ingredients

For the next cooking post with Jeremy, scheduled for Friday, March 11th, we want you to suggest ingredients for us to use. Make sure you give us food items that can be readily purchased in Kansas and Colorado. We’ll make a random selection from your suggestions and then create our recipes.

Please send your comments/food choices no later than the end of the month, so we have some time to get creative.

This should be fun!

There you have it. Odds and Ends totally cleared up!

I’m almost afraid to put this into writing because I don’t want to jinx it, but here goes. We may have found something that Pepper likes to eat.

You see it turns out that like many horses, Miss. P. has a sweet tooth. She’s especially fond of the flavor of molasses.

We’ve tried many things to entice her to eat her grain, which is dosed with medicine. But she’s a discerning girl and not at all willing to try just any old thing. We could be attempting to poison her, though I promise you that has NEVER crossed my mind.

Bribery – yes.

Frustration – perhaps.

Trickery – that too.

But never poison.

So when our vet suggested adding shredded beet pulp to her grain, we decided to give it a try. It takes a bit of planning because you have to soak it for several hours before mixing it into the grain. But I soon enough figured out a system and it was no big deal.

Beet pulp is a by-product of the sugar beet industry – it’s what is left after our table sugar is extracted. It’s a great source of fiber, which for horses is key to digestion. Come to think of it, fiber is a good thing for people too. And the soaking gets more water into our girl, which is also important, especially in winter.

I must say I wasn’t hopeful, but true to her impish nature, Pepper fooled me. She liked it. She really liked it.

It was music to my ears to hear her munching her grain.

She almost cleaned her plate on the first day.

I’ve had to remove the hay cube bucket completely from her line of sight, because once she sees it, that’s what she wants. When the tempting goodies are gone, Pepper can focus on eating her grain. And getting her medicine, which has been especially important during this below-zero cold snap.

That makes for one happy horse parent.

 

What’s the craziest food-related thing you’ve done for your animals?

 

 

Waiting for the farrier.

As nice as Saturday was, yesterday was nasty. In terms of weather, I mean. The day dawned cold and grey with an icy wind that cut through coats and gloves as if they weren’t pulled tight around us.

Of course it was the day we had scheduled the farrier and the vet.

Double duty.

We made an instant decision to take the horses to the barn out of the wind for their checkups. It was a no-brainer. Actually, the barn isn’t all that warm, but it does offer shelter from the bitter wind, and the illusion of warmth.

Led Behind the Pickup

We tried something new for our horses to get them from the pasture to the barn. I drove the pickup at a snail’s pace and Rick sat on the tailgate holding the lead ropes. Bud and Pepper weren’t all that thrilled with the idea, though Bud quickly adapted. He tried to get his head in the feed pan the entire time. Maybe that’s the horse version of stress eating.

Miss Pepper on the other hand was just plain freaked out about the whole idea. She pulled on her lead and did not walk quietly. Her expressions clearly said, “This is just not right!!”

But we made it with nothing more than one mildly confused Appaloosa, and one irritated mare.

Some might say, “So what’s new?”

On Farrier Time

Once inside, things calmed down. Bud and Pepper munched their grain and we waited. Farrier time is always a bit different than time for the rest of us, so when he said he’d be there in ten minutes, we hunkered down for at least a thirty-minute wait.

Sure enough that’s what it was. We kept the horses entertained by doling out horse candy. The activity kind-of-sort-of kept us warm.

A-Okay

Turns out both horses are in great shape. The daily meds have made a HUGE difference. Both our vet and farrier saw a remarkable improvement in Bud. Everything about him has improved – hooves, immune system, hair coat, and temperament.

Yea Pergolide!!

Our farrier confided that he didn’t have much hope for Bud to make it another year. That was hard to hear, even though deep in our hearts, we knew he wasn’t doing so well.

But now, it’s another story. Those daily trips to the pasture have been well worth every minute.

Comforting each other

As for Miss P. – she’s doing great too. The daily dose of Bute has worked miracles. She’s out of pain, which has allowed her to put on weight. She’s going into winter in the best shape I’ve seen her in a couple of years.

 

Just thought you’d like to know the good news…

 

 

 

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